The deadline to file bills has passed, and the Texas House filed more than 4,200 bills, many of which were filed on Friday's bill-filing deadline. As I prepare for a week full of committee hearings, I would like to provide you with a few updates from last week to keep you informed on what is happening in the Legislature.
Meeting with Dallas City Credit Union CEO
I had the pleasure of meeting with Sharon Moore, the President and CEO of Dallas City Credit Union, last week. I enjoyed hearing about the ways the Dallas City Credit Union is serving my constituents and the greater Dallas community.
Bathroom Bill Hearing
Last week, Texas' Senate Bill 6, a version of the infamous bathroom bill that passed in North Carolina and unfairly discriminates against transgender Texans, had a hearing in the Senate State Affairs Committee. Students from the University of Texas at Dallas visited the Capitol to testify against the bill. It is always great to see young people actively involved in the political process.
Meeting with Dallas City Council Members
Dallas City Council members Mayor Pro Tem Monica Alonzo and Deputy Mayor Pro Tem Erik Wilson visited my Capitol office last week to share some of the City of Dallas' legislative priorities.
Dallas Regional Chamber's Education Team
Improving our state's education system is one of the most important tasks we have this legislative session. I enjoyed meeting with the Dallas Regional Chamber's Education Team last week to hear some of their ideas for how we can improve the system and make it more equitable.
Surprise Visit from Senator Leticia Van de Putte
Last week, I also had the pleasure of a surprise visit from former Texas Senator Leticia Van de Putte. It was an honor to meet with her and hear her plans to increase the state's investment in minority and women-owned businesses.
Protections for Senior Citizens
Last week, I filed House Bill 3972 to protect senior citizens from financial exploitation. This bill would require broker-dealers or investment advisors who suspect that an elderly client is being financially abused to report it to the State Securities Board. Many of the older members of our communities face financial insecurity, and we cannot turn a blind eye to the exploitation and predatory tactics targeted at them.
Inmate Voter Registration Bill Layout
On Thursday, I laid out House Bill 260 before the House Committee on Corrections. HB 260 requires Texas prisons to provide voter registration forms to prisoners upon release.
Federal Judges Rule Texas Congressional Districts Illegal
On Friday, a panel of federal judges ruled that some congressional districts in Texas violate either the U.S. Constitution or the federal Voting Rights Act. As Vice Chair of the House Committee on Redistricting, I am ready to get to work and urge the Chairwoman of the committee to commence hearings immediately on this issue so we can address the court's concerns.
Stay tuned for more updates next week!